A wall of built-in bookshelves makes an instant statement, filling a room with warmth, color, and interest. It is the perfect solution for dealing with a collection of books, or for tastefully displaying art or antiques. It is also my favorite way for seamlessly incorporating the oversized tv that most of us have into the design of the room. Since built-in bookcases become a major feature of a room, it is important that you carefully edit the items you put on the shelf to avoid clutter. Below are some of my favorite styled shelves and tips to making your own shelves an artful display.
1. Balance Books
In the music room of my Cido project, I used black as the accent to ground the light patterns in the overdyed rug and Eskayel wallpaper. By placing a row of solid black books in the upper corner of the shelves, I created balance in the room with the black pillows below and the piano to the right. I then spread the rest of the black books evenly throughout the rest of the shelves so that the eye would be drawn to each side of the bookshelf. I use this same process to organize books of different sizes and colors; carefully spreading out the books to ensure balance on the shelves and in the overall space.